Victor Barrera – Tabi from Palestina, Huila, Colombia
Tabi is a wonderful and weird variety, and the cup quality is amazing if you treat it right – disease resistant, and developed by the Colombia Coffee Federation, Tabi is a mash-up between Timor hybrid, Typica, and Bourbon.
Victor Barrera has been going all-in with this variety – As high-yielding as it is delicious – with 4,500 Tabi trees planted on 3.5 hectares, not far from Huila’s southern border in Palestina. According to Victor, the coffee pickers in the municipality prefer to pick Tabi due to its significantly longer branches making it easier to select the ripest fruit. To be honest, I had no idea the impact this would make on yields until I managed to find my way to another Tabi farm in Huila a few years ago, where it became obvious just how much more fruit you can pack into a hectare with Tabi on your side.
Victor leaves the coffee fruit in buckets until the next day with the intention of concentrating sugars —and then sorts the cherries by density, floating them in water. Later, he de-pulps and sorts, before leaving them in fermentation for 36 hours. Typically, each lot takes 20 days to dry.
Delicate & buttery with vanilla pastry vibes and a bit of plum, nuts, and herbal tea round out the cup.
Producer: Victor Barrera
Origin: Huila, Colombia
Tasting notes: vanilla pastry, plum, herbal, nutty finish